Sunday, December 10, 2023

Pottsville Man Sentenced to 16 Months After Pleading Guilty on Federal Drug Distribution Charges

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced this past week that John Bartel, 64, of Pottsville, was sentenced for drug distribution.

On December 7, 2023, U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, sentenced Bartel to 16 months’ imprisonment on the charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Bartel previously pleaded guilty and admitted to possessing methamphetamine and fentanyl for further distribution. The charge stems from an investigation in which the Pennsylvania State Police made a traffic stop of a vehicle Bartel was driving on August 3, 2022, in Pottsville, and seized approximately 55 grams of methamphetamine, 1,371 packets of fentanyl and $1,974 in U.S. currency. Bartel was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The charge against the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted the case.